James Cameron: Jolie as Cleopatra 'sounds hot'
October 20th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

James Cameron: Jolie as Cleopatra 'sounds hot'

Add James Cameron to the list of people pulling for Angelina Jolie to star as Cleopatra.

The "Avatar" director told the New York Times that he’s been in talks to work on the film, which reportedly would be a vehicle for the Oscar winning actress. Cameron said the subject has always fascinated him and the choice of Jolie to play the Egyptian queen  “sounds hot.”

“I mean, Angelina Jolie and Cleopatra? To me, that’s like a slam dunk,” Cameron said. “Whether I wind up doing it or not, I think it’s going to be a great project.”

Reports that the biopic may be filmed in 3-D were better received than the initial news that Jolie would play Cleopatra, which led to an outcry that Hollywood has consistently bypassed casting an actress of color in the role.


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  1. eber hart

    Thrice stale, over-produced retread + RED China franchise slum appeal + empty, empty, empty techno worship +
    eugenocidal pre-programming potential = the 'latest' from the ever unborn BOOMER generation of bedroom princes

    December 30, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. bnoty

    Come on now. Aren't there any other actors beside Jolie. Tired of seeing that old body and she is all about make out scenes. Funny Brad Pitt is not allowed to have roles where he makes out with someone.

    December 11, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MJ

    Yeah! charliebauer honey, it was not the stupidest thing you ever read. Either you just did not understand what I meant or you just don't want to understand what I said because it's easy for you to criticize the whites for everything. I am sure there are some Blacks who can afford to produce and direct a version of Cleopatra and bring it to the market. Until then we will see whose movie is more appealing to the public. Compete don't criticize.

    October 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Angela in Texas

    Black folks give it up......Cleopatra was of Greek descent, not African! In other words, a white woman with dark hair and with a tan!

    October 25, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. L.

    The ONLY suitable WOMAN to play CLEOPATRA is the BRITISH WOMAN WHO PLAYED HER IN THE BBC SERIES OF ROME.... SHE TRULY WAS A CLEOPATRA FOR THE SCREEN.

    October 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MJ

    I am tired of these people complaining about being tired of whites portraying black. If you think Cleopatra is black then there is a simple solution. In your black society, make your own version of Cleopatra which produce, direct and the casts by blacks. This is a white version and interpretation of Cleopatra which produce and direct by whites. They can pick whomever they want to cast as Cleo. It's their money not yours because they cannot count on you for watching it. Enough already for blaming the whites. This is America, you have the freedom to make your own version of Cleo.

    October 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nick

    I think Beyonce or Halle Berry would be better cast in this role instead of Jolie. There are plenty of other beautiful female actresses to choose from besides Jolie.

    October 23, 2010 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Babs

    Well if she's casted I won't be going to the movies or purchasing the dvd........PERIOD, bad role model and bad actress, skinny, ugly, but cast another married man in the movie and Brad can move on ~ let him reap what he's sowed

    October 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stacy

    Boring! Please are there no other actresses out there who can play this role. Just because someone looks like the role, doesn't mean they are the best person for it. Did you see Alexander, she was terrible. Big mistake. Yeah it'll make him another gazillion dollars, but it won't be from me. I'm personally ready for some fresh new faces. Come on Hollywood, give someone else a chance.

    October 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kate

    Jesus.
    Christ.
    No.
    I am SO TIRED of Angelina. She has to steal every "strong woman" role! Angie as Cleo? Angelina relies on using her beauty and her various tricks (playing with her mouth, etc) to create a smokescreen. Why? Because she can't act. Need I REMIND everybody of the TRAVESTY known as Alexander? Cleopatra deserves a multi-dimensional interpretation, and an actor talented enough to pull it off. We need the female Daniel-Day-Lewis for this role, not the female Stephen Segal. This woman cannot act. Sure, she can flail around with guns (that she wouldn't be able to lift and load in real life, btw) and mess with her lips, but that's not acting. Her accents are literally atrocious. Critics of this POV cite her British accent: ask any Brit what they think of her accent, and they will laugh. She is beyond terrible. I think there is a wealth of untapped talent that's not being used because Miss "Lara Salt Smith: Wanted in Sixty Seconds" can't function without being the center of attention all the time. She's compulsive liar to boot, and people always say she's a "strong role model" for women–just because they're sidetracked by the fact she's an action star. She weighs barely 100 lbs. I hate to bust bubbles, but there's a reason she's notorious for fainting after filming action sequences: because her body can't actually perform like an action hero. I'm a gun person, and in her interviews she brags about all her guns, drops a few names, and expects people to not know what they are or know what the rules are. many of the guns she has mentioned are illegal and can only be obtained through the black market (some humanitarian) which are notorious for funding terror. Let's say she actually owns these guns: she wouldn't be able to lift them and load them, let alone hold them up long enough to shoot them. Stop casting her in good movies and stick her bony ass in twilight, where it belongs.

    October 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatevs

      Wow angry much Kate? I bet Angelina would kick your ars thru the door so settle down sister.

      October 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jo

    agree with you angie, I am a ugly brunette. My sister is blond and beauitul, really. She got lips like horse mouth
    with teeth, can't go there.

    October 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. angie

    brad pulling for her is why she is almost ugly. Brunettes usually are.

    October 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nubian

    History tells that Cleopatra was NOT a beautiful woman. If they want it to be a good movie, they should stick closer to history for it to believable.

    October 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve77

    She was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, and therefore a descendant of one of Alexander the Great's generals who had seized control over Egypt after Alexander's death...which made her Greek. People need to educate themselves.

    October 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Again

    Cleopatra" is Greek for "father's glory," and her full name, "Cleopatra Thea Philopator," means "the Goddess Cleopatra, Beloved of Her Father." She was the third daughter of Ptolemy XII of Egypt, a Greek born in Alexandria, Egypt. She was first briefly co-ruler with her father, Ptolemy XII Auletes and on his death became co-ruler with her brother Ptolemy XIII in the spring of 51 B.C.E. She was at that time the oldest child of Auletes, since two older sisters had died.

    ( she was still a woman of color) !!!

    October 21, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  16. Britt

    Who ever said cleopatra was greek is RETARTED ! She was Straight up eygptian ! and last time I checked eygptian wasnt White ! yeh Angelina will make the movie hot but will she capture the true essence of the character !

    October 21, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      She was not Egyptian. She was Greek. She was a member of the Greek Ptolemaic Dynasty that ruled over the Egyptians from the city of Alexandria.

      October 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Epyx

      Why would you post she is Egpytian and not Greek, before even looking it up? With all respect it only makes you look more foolish.

      October 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Britt you are absolutely retarded. Go read a book, if you can read.

      October 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. alberto

    how about penelope cruz or salma hayek.... I think angelina would be perfect for this role, but if we are discussing olive skin color, these two actresses are perfect for the role

    October 21, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      People need to stop fixating on the race/skin color of the actor chosen. If we went by those standards, Kim Kardashian would be perfect. Producers need to focus on an actor who can give this iconic character real dimension and real complexity.

      October 21, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. short prom dresses

    only problem is Cleopatra wasn't skinny or white....she's been played by a white woman once already...can a black actress have the role this time around?! Jus-Sayin.....

    October 21, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      One more time – s l o w l y – just for you.... Cleopatra wasn't Black, not even part Black. Have you ever even picked up a history book? I'm also wondering how you would know if she were skinny or not....................

      October 21, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Epyx

      CLEO WAS OF GREEK LINEAGE...NOT BLACK...

      /sigh....

      I completely agree...pick up a history book...inform yourself before throwing around the discrimination card. Would it make any sense at all to have Jim Carrey play the Reverend King? NO...

      October 21, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Get a Clue

    Cleopatra was a GREEK woman, she was not BLACK! and what do GREEK women look like? Well they have olive skin, dark long hair, hmmmm, sounds like Angelina! I wish all these people pushing for a woman of Color to play the role of Cleopatra would get a clue and maybe take some history classes, because it is not at all out of the question for a woman like Angelina Jolie to play the role. I'm not even a fan of her, but looks wise, she fits the part.

    October 21, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  20. Frank

    I'm so sick of 3-D. I won't be seeing it.

    October 21, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  21. ckesling

    catherine zeta jones could play the role !?!??

    October 21, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      I think Catherine Zeta-Jones would be a great choice. The first time I saw "The Mask of Zorro" I really thought she was Spanish because her accent was so much like Antonio Banderas. Her American accent is just as good (she is actually Welsh). I think she would be a very convincing Cleopatra.

      October 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  22. amy

    how about getting an unknown actress who is egyptian or greek!

    October 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sofia

    Wasn't Cleopatra like... 14???

    October 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  24. GT

    If they want a beautiful actress of color to play Cleo, how about Halley Berry she'd be awesome for the role!!

    October 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Halleberryfan

      I think halle berry would be a good choice. I don't watch any of Jolie's movies, surely there is someone else. Jolie is just gross

      October 21, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Why would anyone want an actress "of color" to play the role of a GREEK woman. Cleopatra was primarily greek. She was not black or Egyptian. She ruled from the city of Alexandria, as in Alexander the Great, as in GREEK. Christ you people are dumb.

      October 21, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  25. Superhiro

    She's so overrated. She's not hot, plus she's just a god awful actress. I guess if you want the Cleopatra movie to be dragged down to the D-List where she is then... yea, she's a great choice.

    October 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cate

      I'm sorry Superhiro... you must be confused because you couldn't possibly be calling Angelina Jolie, one of the most beautiful, talented actresses of our time, an unattractive d-list actress. You must think this article is about someone else, like Heidi Montag... or you're just a moron. Which is it? Confused? Or a complete moron?

      October 21, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      "you're just a moron. Which is it? Confused? Or a complete moron?" Right on all counts..............

      October 21, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • DDKillerBlondie

      You are kidding or just ignorant.

      Angelina can play any role she wants, talent, beauty, and a way of carring herself, YOU will never know in life!

      October 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Sogeking

    Maybe if she were younger but Angelina is pretty long in the tooth now. She's still hot but more like milf or gilf hot.

    October 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Long in the tooth? What are you, 12? Excuse me, but your immaturity is showing

      October 21, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  27. Skarrlette

    I personally would like to see less UGLY MEN like James Cameron on the websites iwth there nasty faces COMMENTING ON ANOTHER WOMENS APPEARANCE WHEN HE IS A DOG!

    He is the last person that should be commenting on a woman's appearance

    As most of the men in Hollywood

    October 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  28. kez

    sorry to all those above who wish an actress of 'colour' to play this role.
    in real life kleopatra V11 was of primarily greek heritage, with a possibly syrian grandmother- she was not, nor could she ever be, black!!

    October 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  29. majidjon13

    its a great idea.my favorite director is james cameron.and i like all of his movies...but i dont know where this idea comesfrom???he was busy with battle angel and series of avatar.and even in his page at wikipedia there been nothing about making a movie about cleopatra..but about hiroshima atomic bomb.or etc....
    i like him much better when he makes sci_fi movie.like terminator
    any way i got one project for him my self...but i got no way to tell him about it...
    it realy great sci_fi space project...i wish i could make a contact to him.
    love u james

    October 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  30. JohnA.Evans 3rd

    Some people are rude F'N idiots I think Angelina Jolie would be perfect my generations Elisabeth Talor"

    October 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JusSayin

      only problem is Cleopatra wasn't skinny or white....she's been played by a white woman once already...can a black actress have the role this time around?! Jus-Sayin.....

      October 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merin

      Since when were the Greeks black?

      October 21, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • DGW

      But, don't you agree tht they would have to put too many jewels and makeup on her like they did Liz? We keep confusing history and children. We are at a time when truth should be told and stop all this pretending. Even if it is Hollyweird!

      October 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  31. mommy2be

    I would like to see Rosario Dawson as Cleopatra! She is a very good actress!

    October 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Clete

    I am of the opinion that she would be better cast as Julius Caesar.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  33. UpwithDisco

    I would rather see Beyonce' as Cleo

    October 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  34. SugieBear

    Coming Soon to a Newsstand Near You:

    Cover Story for next weeks' tabloids:

    "JenniferFurious as Angelina Steals Cleopatra Role From Her."

    October 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • boredwithignorants

      Uhum Cleo was GREEK, where the hell do people get the idea that she was black????

      October 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • DGW

      Come on, stop confusing history and tell it like it is. Cleopatra was a black woman and get one to play her. Stop confusing the character......Jolie will not make a good Cleopatra!

      October 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      I thought Cleopatra was Egyptian.

      October 23, 2010 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      Cleopatra was a Ptolemy, a family that came from Greece and were put on the throne of Egypt as puppet rulers by the Romans. Therefore, Cleopatra was Greek, not Egyptian or any African race. This is a fact; anyone who doesn't believe it should do their homework.

      October 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |

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